A surefire sign that you're in the right place is by choosing a pub in St Ives that the locals love. Here we reveal our favourite spots.
A good indication that you’ve stepped into one of the best pubs in St Ives is usually by the cluster of locals propping up the bar, having a chinwag about times gone by and the town news. And the Cornish are a friendly bunch, who love nothing more than catching up over a drink or two in their local pub.
Traditional inns with fantastic food, quality beer and a live music roster, are often the pubs in St Ives that locals love. A good selection of amber nectar, an open fire, and a charming building full of smuggling history memorabilia and myths of local legend is to be expected of St Ives fine selection of watering holes.
We’ve rounded up our ten favourite pubs in St Ives that locals love.
Location: The Wharf, St Ives, TR26 1LP
A trip to St Ives isn’t complete without a visit to the traditional Cornish pub, The Sloop Inn. Loved by local fishermen, artists, and even four-legged friends, The Sloop Inn takes pride of place on the harbour at St Ives, separated from the sea only by a cobbled walkway. A popular, busy but friendly and welcoming pub, good views, good food and a warm welcome makes this a pub in St Ives that locals love.
Location: Wharf Road, St Ives, TR26 1LF
Said to be Cornwall’s first micro pub, at The Pilchard Press Alehouse you’ll find a selection of craft ales, ciders and a whole bunch of locals who love this charming and quaint St Ives pub and for good reason. Best known for its range of ales from Cornwall’s breweries such as Firebrand Taproom, Tintagel Brewery and Atlantic Brewery and Distillery.
Location: 27 Fore Street, St Ives, TR26 1AB
More of a buzzy bar than a quaint traditional pub, on Fore Street – a popular cobbled street directly behind The Wharf –The Firehouse Bar is a popular choice for a St Ives pub. With its own designated Gin Bar serving specialist gins garnished with dehydrated fruits, as well as gin based and classic cocktails, beers and a selection of wines, it’s a modern-day watering hole with a friendly locals vibe.
Location: 16 Fore Street, St Ives, TR26 1AB
A popular pub in St Ives, The Castle Inn is a cosy, characterful traditional Real Ale pub. The dog-friendly Castle Inn is loved by locals, full of character with exposed beams ceiling, slate floors and stained-glass windows. And if you’re looking for live music in St Ives, then look no further with local musicians frequenting this St Ives pub.
Location: Fore Street, Lelant, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3JT
Beer gardens are hard to come by in St Ives, so for a pub with that local feel and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy a pint in the sun, head to nearby Lelant. Three miles from St Ives centre, The Badger Inn, a St Austell Brewery inn, is a traditional pub serving traditional pub food where dogs can come too.
Location: The Wharf, St Ives, TR26 1LF
A St Austell Brewery pub, the aptly named Lifeboat Inn sits beside the town’s lifeboat house. the Lifeboat Inn is a traditional harbourside dog-friendly pub in St Ives. In the winter punters can expect a roaring log fire and in the summer enjoy outstanding sea views. Its menu champions the very best local produce across a range of reimagined pub classics and seasonal specials, and there’s a wide range of beverages to choose from.
Location: 20 Fore Street, St Ives, TR26 1AB
The Union Inn is a cosy back street pub in the heart of St Ives on Fore Street. There’s often atmospheric live music to be enjoyed, while the menu offers wholesome pub classics. A friendly local, with plenty of local beverages on offer, this no-thrills pub is a traditional boozer, where your dog can come too.
Location: Market Place, St Ives, TR26 1RZ
Away from the harbour, situated on St Ives Market Place, this two-room pub The Golden Lion is a refurbished 19th century pub. With a traditional tavern feel, there’s plenty of local ale on draft, live music and for sports fanatics catch the latest live sports here with BT Sports. Punters will also enjoy the pool table and darts board, if pub-based sports are your thing.
Location: West Porthminster Road, Warren, St Ives, TR26 2EA
Because of its fantastic views, the Pedn Olva attracts locals and visitors alike. A dog-friendly pub in St Ives’ sought after Warren, it sits pretty on granite rocks above St Ives Bay. This St Austell Brewery owned bar and restaurant serves a tasty modern menu and range of award-winning beers and wines.
Location: St Ives Road, St Ives, TR26 2PG
Situated just outside of St Ives centre, The Cornish Arms is a traditional pub complete with a pool table, darts board and of course plenty of local tipples to tempt you. From local lagers, ciders and ales to a selection of wines and spirits, or if it’s live music you’re after, this this St Ives pub often hosts gigs from local talent.
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